Perspectives on Global Conflict: The Role of China in World War II *Online* *NEW*

What is the modern assessment of China’s contribution to the downfall of the Japanese Empire? The “Allies” of World War II to most people includes mainly the US, the UK and the USSR. But with these were a host of many smaller nations and states, and the nation and people of China. The extent to which China contributed to the fall of Japan – and Germany – is one of the aspects of history that has come under re-evaluation. How was it that a country, itself embroiled in a deadly civil war between Communists and Nationalists, pulled its resources together to help the Allies beat Japan? Why did leaders Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-Shek agree to fight alongside each other for a common cause? China helped the Allies win the war in Burma and in Thailand by staging offensive operations there. What other specific victories did China achieve against Japan? What kind of help did China need? What resources did China have of her own making? This is a story that is long and complicated, but is worth exploring to obtain a fuller and better understanding of how the Allies, with China included, won World War II.
This seminar is part of an eight seminar series. Pick and choose from the topics of this eight-seminar series or register for all. Each seminar includes a lecture and discussion. Maps, references and handouts will be provided for each seminar.
Instructor: Anatole Sykley



Start Date

August 23, 2022









Tuesday, 3-5:30pm. Aug. 23

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Instructors: Anatole Sykley


Anatole Sykley

Anatole Sykley is an independent scholar and historian. He transitioned to his new career after a career in high tech and early internet technology companies in Cambridge and the Boston area finishing off in telecommunications. A graduate of La Trobe University with degrees in Physics, Applied Math and Computer Science. As an ongoing Harvard Extension School student, Anatole is working on his history qualifications. Anatole is a member of Organization of American Historians, World War I Historical Society, World War I Centennial Commission (Massachusetts). Anatole teaches history, focussed on World War I and the early 20th century era, but also has given courses and seminars on current affairs, Eastern European history, Medieval History as well as selected topics in the History of Science, in Computers and Cryptography, at several Adult Education programs in the Cambridge, Boston, Brookline area, as well as organizing custom seminars for reading groups, local libraries and senior centers all over Eastern Massachusetts. Anatole has also led tours of World War I battlefields in France and Belgium, as well as given history tours of Boston. Anatole also supplements his career by teaching ESL courses at local education programs.